In search of food security in Africa through improved disease management

From 11-13 July 2016, international experts in research on crop and livestock disease convened at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi to explore how better monitoring of the economically significant diseases in East African agricultural systems can contribute to sustained increased food production in the region.

The researchers hosted by the BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with the University of Cambridge were attending a proposal development meeting to discuss a study that has been short-listed for funding under the Wellcome Trust programme: Our Planet Our Health.


The proposed project is a collaboration between crop and livestock epidemiologists at the University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, Lancaster University, the UK Met Office and international research institutions with hubs at the BecA-ILRI in Kenya and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Ethiopia. 

Discussions centered around more efficient and cost effective data collection methods; standardization of data collection across boundaries. The project under development is designed to help governments and national agricultural research systems minimize crop and livestock losses, protect livelihoods of smallholder farmers and respond to emerging epidemics.



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